Iron deficiency and hematinic deficiencies in atrial fibrillation: A new insight into comorbidities [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(2): 103-110 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2018.51001

Iron deficiency and hematinic deficiencies in atrial fibrillation: A new insight into comorbidities

Muhammed Keskin1, Dilek Ural2, Servet Altay3, Onur Argan2, Edibe Betül Börklü4, Ömer Kozan1
1Department of Cardiology, Sultan Abdülhamid Han Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of Cardiology, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
4Department of Cardiology, Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Iron deficiency (ID) is the most common nutritional deficiency, and iron metabolism becomes further deteriorated in the presence of certain conditions, such as heart failure (HF). Atrial fibrillation (AF) has many similarities to HF, including a chronic inflammatory pathophysiology; however, the prevalence of ID and other hematinic deficiencies in AF patients have not been determined.

In this study, the prevalence of iron (serum ferritin <100 µg/L or ferritin 100–299 µg/L with transferrin saturation <20%), vitamin B12 (<200 pg/mL), and folate deficiency (<4.0 ng/mL) was evaluated in 101 patients with non-valvular AF with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction and no signs of HF, and the results were compared with 35 age- and gender-matched controls.

Anemia was detected in 26% of the patients. A total of 48 (47.6%) patients had ID, 10 (9.9%) had a vitamin B12 deficiency, and 13 (12.9%) had a folate deficiency. The prevalence of ID was similar in the controls and the paroxysmal AF patients, but increased gradually in persistent and permanent AF. Univariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that permanent vs. paroxysmal AF [Odds ratio (OR): 2.17; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.82–5.69; p=0.011], high sensitive C-reactive protein (OR: 1.47; 95% CI: 0.93–2.36; p=0.019), N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide (OR: 1.24; 95% CI: 0.96–1.71; p=0.034), and white blood cell count (OR: 1.21; 95% CI: 0.95–1.58; p=0.041) were associated with ID. In multivariable analysis, permanent AF remained as an independent clinical associate of ID (OR: 4.30; 95% CI: 0.83–12.07; p=0.039).

ID is common in permanent AF, as in HF. Inflammation and neurohormonal activation seem to contribute to its development.

Keywords: Atrial fibrillation, inflammation; iron deficiency.

How to cite this article
Muhammed Keskin, Dilek Ural, Servet Altay, Onur Argan, Edibe Betül Börklü, Ömer Kozan. Iron deficiency and hematinic deficiencies in atrial fibrillation: A new insight into comorbidities. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(2): 103-110

Corresponding Author: Muhammed Keskin, Türkiye
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